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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.09a - Professional Learning Communities in Higher Education: Empowering frameworks for faculty development, educational innovation, and institutional change

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Problematizing conventional approaches to educational development, this qualitative inquiry explores learning communities at a college in Quebec, probing their potential and application as a framework for serving faculty development needs, improving teaching and learning practices within and beyond classrooms, and fostering educational and institutional innovations.

This study, part of a Master’s thesis, asked: What does it mean for faculty, educational developers, support staff, and administrators to participate in a learning community at a Quebec College? Data was collected through individual ‘inquiry conversations’ (semi-structured interviews) and research memos. The learning communities explored represent a range of formats, with diverse memberships, goals, histories, longevities, and impacts.

Whether or not you are involved in a learning community, you will be invited to inquire about how they do/may impact your professional development, your teaching and learning practices, and both the culture and realization of innovation in your institution.

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Julie Mooney

Faculty Development Consultant, Mount Royal University
An faculty development consultant in the Academic Development Centre at Mount Royal University and a student in the Master of Arts, Educational Leadership program, in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Julie Mooney values the interaction of her... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
UCC 63